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Time is ticking

Children feel so proud of themselves when they’ve learned to tell the time. You can use these games and activities to help them with time-keeping, and keep them focused.

What's the time Mr Wolf?

The next time your child has some pals round, they could play 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf stands at one end of the room and the players at the other. Mr Wolf turns his back while the others shout 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf answers with a time (4 o'clock for example) and the players then take 4 steps towards him. They keep asking the question until he shouts 'Dinnertime' and tries to catch a player.

Stop the clock

For a quick game using a clock, or the timer on your mobile phone, ask your child to find as many green items as they can in the living room in 30 seconds. To mix it up, change the amount of time you have, the room that you're looking in and the colour you choose. Why not join in yourself, and take it in turns to time each other as you move from room to room. It’ll keep you both fit too.

Ready, steady, go!

Why not try using a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand to help your child measure how long it takes to do some short activities - for example, tidy up toys, wash your hands, brush your hair. They’ll be done in record time.

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Handy tips

If you don’t have stairs in your home, you could count footsteps on the way to bed instead. You could try guessing how many steps before they reach their bedroom door? How many steps from the door to their bed? Then count them out to get the number.

Create a tally chart, for example to find out the family’s favourite animal or fruit or TV show. You could also do it the other way round, and find out which vegetable or type of music is their least favourite!

Ask them to write a story about the insect they saw. What’s their name? How big is their family? Where are they going? Do they have any superpowers?